English Shilling collectors?

Discussion in 'World Coins' started by A Novice, May 6, 2021.

  1. A Novice

    A Novice Well-Known Member

    Hello everyone,

    Ive recently started putting together a collection of silver shillings from England/GB. At the moment I’m just trying to obtain one of every monarch, going backwards from George V (the last .925).

    Does anyone else collect shillings? I’d love to see some collections!
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  3. offa the saxon

    offa the saxon Well-Known Member

    I’ve got an example of each from Edward VI to the 1970 Elizabeth (which was given to me on joining the Royal Navy known as the queens shilling)
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  4. A Novice

    A Novice Well-Known Member

    Wow, thats awesome! That’s kind of my goal, is to get back to Edward VI. Wasn’t that the actual first “shilling?” And before that they were “testoons?” I could be wrong, I’m very new to English coins.
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  5. A Novice

    A Novice Well-Known Member

    I do have a 2021 book on pre decimal English coins arriving today. Hopefully that will educate me a bit more.
  6. scottishmoney

    scottishmoney Buh bye

    There are English shillings(up to 1707) British shillings(before 1937) English shillings(1937-1970) and Scottish shillings(1937-1970).

    Oh, an' yes I have a few hundred of them at least.
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  7. Bradley Trotter

    Bradley Trotter Well-Known Member

    Here are some of the shillings that reside in my personal collection. Personally, I'm attempting to build a date set of shillings from 1816 to 1970, but it'll be a long time before I ever complete it.

    1711 Shilling Combined.jpg
    1845 Great Britain Shilling Combined.jpg
    1863 Shilling.PNG
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  8. SensibleSal66

    SensibleSal66 U.S Casual Collector / Error Collector

    I have a very sentimental 2 shilling from when my uncle ( Purple Heart Received ) brought it back from the War . 1937 florin-obv-tile.jpg
  9. YoloBagels

    YoloBagels Well-Known Member

    I collect the coins of the three Georges (though mainly George III) and that includes the shillings. Have not invested enough in British coins to get a really nice one, but I do love finding them in foreign melt bins.

    Here's two I bought for the grand total of $5. Not in great shape but at $5 it beats generic bullion. I keep them in my pre-1840 silver bag.

  10. potty dollar 1878

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  11. PaddyB

    PaddyB Eccentric enthusiast

    About 20 years ago I set myself the target of every GB shilling from 1662 to 1970 - all dates and all monarchs. I am missing only 8 from 1692 onwards, but missing 16 before that date. (Some Charles II shillings are just too difficult!)
    Here are a select few:
    1668 S 1.JPG 1668 S 2.JPG 1685 S 1.JPG 1685 S 2.JPG 1693 S 1.JPG 1693 S 2.JPG 1718 S R+P 1.JPG 1718 S R+P 2.JPG 1727 S R+P 1.JPG 1727 S R+P 2.JPG
  12. norantyki

    norantyki CoinMuncher

    I am a collector of British coinage (including some shillings), and also a dealer... what I have currently will be here:


    Ill try to get some pics of the 1/- in my collection - I have a tasty proof 1911, as well as a very high grade 1866...
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    norantyki CoinMuncher

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    norantyki CoinMuncher

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  15. Seascape

    Seascape U.S. & World Collector

    Wow. I seriously like some of the coins you guys just posted. I will be looking at those. I bought 2 shillings this week. Here's 1 of them. Seller pics and I don't have it in hand yet. Internet_20210506_185346_2.jpeg Internet_20210506_185346_1.jpeg
  16. Antonius Britannia

    Antonius Britannia Well-Known Member

    A pair of Queens. . . Elizabeth I and Anne

    Attached Files:

  17. PaddyB

    PaddyB Eccentric enthusiast

    @Seascape - what you have there is a Twelfth of a Shilling from Jersey, not a whole shilling. It is about UK pre-decimal penny size and bronze - I hope that won't be too much of a disappointment to you...
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  18. Seascape

    Seascape U.S. & World Collector

    Nah. This buy was a completely different buy than one I would have high expectations. Rough week at work...1/2 hour at night decompressing.... It's times like this I stay away from $300 coins that make me think alot. I bought the coin just because I liked it. Sometimes these these purchases lead to finding key dates and spending more time and money. Sometimes they don't.

    Thanks for your insight however. I hope I didn't screw up this thread.
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  19. PaddyB

    PaddyB Eccentric enthusiast

    A few more from my collection - a quick dash through the monarchs:
    1816 S 2.JPG 1816 S 1.JPG
    1825 S Shield 1.JPG 1825 S Shield 2.JPG 1836 S 1.JPG 1836 S 2.JPG 1880 S 1.JPG 1880 S 2.JPG
  20. Mister T

    Mister T Active Member

    I have a few though none photographed.
    Personally I collect only the modern ones - no early milled or prior.
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  21. A Novice

    A Novice Well-Known Member

    Thank you all for your insight and sharing your collections. I’ve found great joy in putting together a collection of this type. Here is what I’ve acquired thus far. I know, they’re rough. I have an Elizabeth I and George II shillings on the way. 68CAD79E-C994-458A-80CC-2E617E201989.jpeg F595D08E-8F34-450C-831D-DDFB30E7682C.jpeg
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